If your morning commute becomes a struggle after an overnight snowfall, maybe you just don’t have the right gear. Wrangling a snowboard or a set of skis into the office isn’t practical, but a pair of sleds that strap to your legs? Suddenly you’ll start looking forward to blizzards.
A couple of New York-based architectural and design firms are Kickstarting what could be the ultimate souvenir of the city—next to those tiny Statue of Libertys you can find everywhere. Imagine hanging an incredibly detailed 12-foot long model of the entire island of Manhattan on your wall.
Cutting boards don’t need to be complicated: big, preferably wooden thing that you can chop on. Simple. But despite the flawless logic above, I still want this ludicrously expensive bells-and-whistles cutting station.
There are lots of good reasons to record a phone call that don’t involve extortion or blackmail, but the Just in Case call recorder is just as useful for sketchy intentions too. Simply snap it onto your iPhone and hit record whenever you want a permanent record of a phone conversation.
You can read every last online review, but you really have no idea what a hotel room is going to be like until you arrive. And if you’re the type who likes to travel with their own sheets and towels, you’re probably also the type who would be interested in a portable pack-flat bath tub too.
The number of devices in your home demanding access to power increases every year, but odds are the number of outlets available hasn’t changed since you moved in. The solution isn’t major electrical renovations, though, it’s this clever replacement wall plug that pops out to reveal two more outlets.
The next time you’re driving along the coast and admiring the waves, don’t feel bad about not packing a surfboard. The WaveWrecker wetsuit can be kept tucked away in a corner of your trunk at all times, and when the waves are ideal, it turns your body into its own surfboard.
A patent filed by Ford a few weeks ago reveals a rather unorthodox alternative to throwing a bicycle in your trunk. Like the Batpod that ejected from the Batmobile in The Dark Knight, the back wheel of your car could quickly transform into a self-balancing electric unicycle.
How often have you let your imagination run wild and waived around the key to your car like a tiny sword? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Someone has actually produced an entire line of sword-shaped blank keys that they’re now trying to realize through Kickstarter.
It’s easy to hate selfie sticks; they’re the seedy underbelly of the camera-equipped smartphones we carry around. But it’s really hard to hate on the brilliantly-engineered Stikbox that hides a telescoping 28-inch long selfie stick on the back of your mobile device.
The worst way to experience an earthquake has to be waking up in the middle of the night to all that chaos. So a Chinese inventor has revealed a new and improved version of an earthquake-proof bed that supposedly helps you survive a worst case scenario—but at what cost?
The wooden laser-cut dinosaur skeleton is a staple of most museum and science center gift shops. But a company called UGEARS has turned those wooden puzzles into engineering marvels with more gears and moving parts than a Swiss watch.
Some of the best inventions actually started out as accidents, and such is the case with the world’s first “Chia Pet” pen. Its creators were trying to create an eco-friendly alternative to printer ink using algae, but ended up creating invisible ink that magically appears after a few days exposure to sunlight.